Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Pediatric Developmental Services Department is dedicated to providing early positive and supportive experiences for children, parents and caregivers. Supporting a child’s development in all areas (social-emotional, language, cognitive and physical) is vital for their overall well-being.

To access services, call (619) 515-2515, or schedule a telehealth appointment.

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Children with hearing loss experience delayed development in language, learning and speech. Hearing problems should be identified as early as possible so that appropriate services can be started.

For more information about audiology evaluations, click here.

Additionally, all children who did not receive a newborn hearing screening, or did not pass a screening at some point, should have their hearing evaluated.

Behavior & Early Intervention


Are you concerned with your child’s behavior? Are you curious if the behavior is normal or a sign of something else? Are you experiencing frustration and feelings of being overwhelmed when your child acts out and you are unsure of what to do?

We offer a range of behavior and early intervention services, including group classes for all parents and/or individual sessions to address specific or concerning behaviors a child may be demonstrating.

For more information about behavior and early intervention, click here.

Developmental Therapy Services


Therapy providers who specialize in early childhood and treatment for developmental delays can evaluate and offer ongoing therapy for children with developmental needs. All services are offered in a supportive and play-based environment and include parent/caregiver participation. Services are provided for children experiencing delays in their development, including children with specific diagnoses/concerns such as failure to thrive, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other delays and disorders.

For more information about developmental therapy, click here.

Healthy Development Services


Specializing in treatment and behavioral therapies for developmental delays, providers in our Healthy Development Services department offer screenings, assessments and ongoing therapy to promote healthy development in children up to 5 years old. Whether helping with typical development or more significant concerns, our staff is dedicated to providing early supportive experiences for children, parents and caregivers.

For more information about our healthy development services, click here.

Occupational Therapy


Services facilitate improvement of fine motor development and address sensory and feeding issues in children with special needs. A state-licensed occupational therapist provides children and their families information and support with:

  • Development of fine motor and visual motor skills
  • Feeding challenges, including oral motor limitations and sensory-based feeding issues
  • Sensory processing
  • Development of age-appropriate self-care skills
  • Home activities to promote development
  • Parental education in diagnosed disability
  • Selection of appropriate toys
  • Positioning

For more information about occupational therapy, click here.

Physical Therapy


Services improve gross motor skills in children with special needs or following injury. A state licensed physical therapist provides children and their families information and support with:

  • Development of gross motor skills
  • Home exercise programs
  • Parental education in diagnosed disability
  • Selection of appropriate toys
  • Positioning

For more information about pediatric physical therapy, click here.

Speech & Language Therapy


Our Speech and Language Clinic provides various services to both children and adults who exhibit possible speech and language communication deficits. Bilingual (licensed and certified) speech language pathologists offer services for:

  • Articulation and phonology
  • Language (related to various etiologies, e. g., CVA, developmental delay, etc.)
  • Voice
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Hearing loss
  • Learning disability
  • Organic problems (e.g., cleft palate)
  • Autism
  • Communication delay/disorders related to cerebral palsy, aphasia, intellectual disability, Down syndrome and other conditions.

For more information about our speech and language therapy, click here.

Well-Child Visits & Immunizations


It’s important to continue to attend your child’s recommended check-ups. Although many pediatric appointments are available through telehealth, some appointments, such as well-child visits and regular immunizations, can only be performed in person. We’ve taken extra precautions to protect the health and safety of you and your family when you come to our clinics for these appointments.

Learn more about our recommended well-child visit and immunization schedule here.